Night Shift RVer Wants Neighbor to be Quiet During the Day. Who’s Right?

Many people enjoy peace and quiet when they’re sleeping. However, that can be hard to get for those who work the night shift.

Sleeping during the day poses a challenge as people constantly come and go. Additionally, quiet hours typically aren’t in effect at this time. 

Today, we’re sharing how one RVer got a noise complaint filed on them for being too loud during the day.

Let’s take a look!

Full-Time RVer Warned for Excessive Daytime Noise

Because RV parks and campgrounds often place campsites as close as possible to each other, noise complaints aren’t uncommon.

However, they typically occur at night while most people sleep. Unfortunately, a fellow RVer recently shared that a neighbor complained about her noise level during the day.

She said the manager told her that her neighbor works the third shift and sleeps during the day. The manager then told her that the camper had complained about the noise level at her campsite. She states she spends most of their time inside because they work from the trailer during the day.

Unfortunately, the manager asked her to consider changing sites because the neighbor had been there longer. However, she likes her current site and doesn’t feel she should have to move. She believes the night shift worker should move. Who is right?

Mixed Opinions from RV Community

With nowhere else to run to, she turned to the RV community for help. The post attracted a lot of attention and racked up more than 400 comments. And unsurprisingly, the RV community had a mix of opinions.

Some sided with the neighbor, saying that she and her tiny Yorkie were in the wrong. They grumbled that they had worked the third shift before and felt bad for the neighbor.

However, others sided with the RVer. Those on her side said it was unreasonable for the neighbor to expect complete silence during the day.

They stated it was rude and disrespectful for the owner to ask her to move and not the one complaining.

Unfortunately, despite many comments, the original poster didn’t provide an update. We may never know if they resolved the situation.

Who Is Right?

So, who is right in this situation? Unfortunately, it’s not as black-and-white as many would lead you to believe. Should the RVer do all she can to accommodate her third-shift working neighbor? Absolutely.

However, the third-shift worker should understand that their schedule isn’t the norm and offer some grace to those around them.

Frustratingly, it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong in this situation. Ultimately, the campground manager has the final say in resolving the situation. Considering he immediately mentioned to the RVer that she should consider moving, it’s not looking good for her.

How to Avoid Being a Rude RV Park Neighbor

Being loud is one way to be a rude RV park neighbor. Avoid these behaviors to stay out of trouble with those around you.

Maintain a Tidy Campsite

Whether you’re a full-time resident or just passing through, one of the rudest things you can do is to have a messy campsite.

No one wants to look at a chaotic mess of camping gear and other supplies. Do whatever you can to keep your stuff picked up and organized.

If you’re a long-term resident in an RV park, invest in storage containers. You can place your gear and equipment inside of them to protect them from the elements. In addition, they can often slide under your rig and are easy to access when needed. 

Mind Your Pets

While you may love your pets dearly and find them adorable, not everyone will share those same feelings. Leaving your pets unattended for lengthy amounts of time can be dicey. You never know what they’ll do while you’re gone.

They may have separation anxiety and bark the entire time you’re away from them. As you might expect, your neighbors won’t enjoy this.

Additionally, some pet owners fail to pick up waste from their pets or let them roam off their leashes. Luckily, most RV parks have strict rules and regulations about these activities.

If you’re going to be a pet owner in an RV park, be a responsible one. Always pick up after them, and don’t let them bark constantly or disturb those around you.

A brother and sister playing with their dog outside of an RV.

Follow Campground Rules

Like it or not, campgrounds have rules. Without rules, there would be chaos. Before making reservations, read the rules to know what management expects from you.

Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you agree with them; you must follow them during your stay.

Limit Exterior Lights

Another rude behavior you should avoid is leaving your exterior lights on at night. These lights may make it easy to see and move around your campsite, but they can blind those around you.

Depending on the position of RVs, they may even shine right into your neighbor’s windows, keeping them up all night.

There’s nothing wrong with creating a certain vibe or mood at your campsite.

However, turn off your lights when you retire for the night. In our experience, your neighbors and those around you will appreciate it.

RVs parked at a campground at night.

Respect Personal Space

If you haven’t discovered it, people like their personal space, especially in RV parks and campgrounds. As a result, you should do all you can to avoid infringing on neighboring campsites.

Don’t spread out gear or equipment so much that you’re starting to take over the sites around you.

Additionally, this includes cutting through campsites. While it may be inconvenient and take longer, you should always go around.

Walking through an occupied campsite is extremely rude and something we strongly discourage. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and get in a few extra steps by not cutting through their spot.

Practice Campfire Etiquette

There’s no better way to end the day than sitting around a campfire with your loved ones. However, it’s easy to forget you’re not the only people in the campground. Make sure you keep your volume at a respectable level.

Additionally, keep an eye on your watch for quiet hours. One of the biggest campfire faux pas is to lose track of time and disrupt those around you.

It’s easy to do when you’re having a good time. Consider setting an alarm or reminder on your phone, especially if someone in your group is a loud laugher or talker. 

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A group of friends sitting around the fire making s'mores.

Resolve Conflicts Respectfully

Unfortunately, you won’t always see things eye-to-eye with those around you. However, there’s a right and wrong way to resolve conflicts. You should expect that if you aggressively approach someone, they’ll respond aggressively back at you.

You don’t have to involve management or camp hosts in every situation, but you should when it gets heated. Stay calm, take a deep breath, and conduct yourself respectfully.

Don’t say or do something that you might later regret. Additionally, there’s a good chance children are nearby, and you want to set a good example for them.

Can’t RVers Just Get Along?

It’s important to remember that all of us have different personalities. Some people don’t realize how their behavior is inappropriate or rude. Showing some grace to one another can go a long way to avoid conflicts.

However, don’t let people walk over or take advantage of you. While you can’t control how others behave, you can control your rude behavior.

Do you have any other tips for keeping the peace with RV neighbors? 

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